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Jason Mercado and Kristen Bateman Marry in Central Park

When Jason Daniel Mercado first met Kristen Virginia Bateman in August 2013 at the HôM store, a trinket shop that also serves brunch, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, he asked for her phone number. “I saw her and her purple hair and started a conversation,” Mr. Mercado said. He had another idea: “Let’s exchange emails instead.”

“I’m an introvert, even though I have to talk to a lot of people for work,” Ms Bateman said.

Mr. Mercado emailed her the next day. “We started a long conversation,” he said. “We sorted out questions and got to know each other.”

They spent three months emailing before meeting again in person. Ms. Bateman said, “I wanted to be friends first.”

Their first date was in mid-November 2013 at the same place where they met. “We knew for sure that they had pumpkin pancakes and that this was a place that we would both enjoy,” Mr. Mercado said.

But even after they started dating, they continued to email regularly. “The things he wasn’t comfortable asking in person, he asked over email,” Mr. Mercado said. “Like, after we went to the MoMA on our second date, he emailed and asked, ‘Why didn’t you hold my hand?'”

But shortly after that second date, the two became official. On New Year’s Eve 2013, Mr. Mercado said, “I said I love you for the first time.”

In 2014, they spent a lot of time together, traveling to Montreal, London, Stockholm and Paris. And over the years, he visited even more countries in Europe and Asia on vacations and business trips.

Ms. Bateman, 30, is a fashion writer and author of the recently published “Little Book of New York Style.” She also works as a consultant for beauty and fashion brands, and she designs and sells jewelry for her own brand, Dollchunk.

He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts and Design from the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and the Parsons School of Design through The New School.

Mr. Mercado, 39, is a director of Citigroup, specializing in funding and liquidity management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College.

Inspired by their love of travel and the date of their becoming official, Mr. Mercado proposed on a trip to Niagara Falls on New Year’s Eve 2020. “Since it was during the pandemic, we couldn’t even go to the Canadian sector,” Mr. Mercado said. Still, he wanted a nice place to surprise Ms. Bateman.

Mr. Mercado said, “As the clock struck midnight, I got down on one knee in the snow and asked Kristen for her hand in marriage.”

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A year later, Ms. Bateman briefly lost her engagement ring when it got snowed in at the Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre outdoor museum in New Windsor, New York. It was found by an employee after a thorough search and hours of digging through the snow.

The couple were married on August 12 at the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park by Annie Lawrence, an interfaith minister appointed by the New Seminary. Ms Bateman said: “Some people on bikes shouted and congratulated us.” “It just felt like a New York City moment.”

Ms. Bateman’s mother and Mr. Mercado’s mother and sister were the only guests. “We wanted it to feel like a getaway,” Ms. Bateman said. “We consider it a two-part getaway, combining it with our reverse honeymoon in France.”

In early July, the two went to the Brittany region of France to symbolically elope. “I wore two very extreme dresses from designer Noir Kei Ninomiya’s runway collection and an equally extreme Simone Rocha veil,” Ms Bateman said.

For the wedding in New York, Ms Bateman wore a black noir Kei Ninomiya dress with 3-D pink roses. Underneath the noir Kei Ninomiya dress, she wore a silver Simone Rocha mini dress with puff sleeves and carried a pink crystal-encrusted Gucci Anatomical Heart bag with her vows inside. “When it came time to say my vows, I took out the paper and handed the heart bag to Jason, which represented giving him my heart,” she said.

During her ceremony, the officiant quoted Dr. Seuss: “We’re all a little weird, and life is a little weird,” Ms. Lawrence said. “And when we find someone whose weirdness matches ours, we hook up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.”

Afterward, they all took a yellow cab to the Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side for a cake designed by Yip.Studio to match Ms. Bateman’s ceremony dress. They then went downtown for lunch at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, where Ms. Bateman wore a red Comme des Garcons dress and Miu Miu tiara.

Ms Bateman said their escapist-style wedding was all about “breaking tradition and questioning it”.


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